Updated Website

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Well I finally tackled the item that has been on my “to do” list forever…..I updated my website. The website is www.thehuntergroup.ca . I had been avoiding it forever. I knew I wanted to add Studio H to the site, previously the site was only for Hunter Photographics, but I knew it was going to be a big job.

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It took me about an hour to figure out how to think like the website program and work out how the website was mapped out. Unfortunately once I figured it out I realized the whole site needed reworking.

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Nine hours and a reasonable amount of head shaking later the site was done. I still have a few bits to add in the near future. I also have the album sections to tackle; this will be a significantly time-consuming task of editing out old images and adding in new ones.

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Editing the albums is always interesting, I am always left saying “Wow, I’ve sure shot a lot of people.”.

red deer portrait of childrenTo check out the updated website, please visit www.thehuntergroup.ca .

Latin Food Photography (2)

Plato Amoroso-Shrimp

Plato Amoroso-Shrimp

I spent the past weekend immersed in food photography again. It was a continuation of the recent shoot for Jose Jose Latin Restaurant. This weekend was spent building a blog for the restaurant. Photography is interesting at the moment, it is no longer a case of just shoot and print the image. Images can now be digitally altered and processed to which the final result is only limited by one’s imagination. The digital format also makes desktop publishing and promotion via electronic means and social media sites convenient . I have to admit I quite like taking photography to the next level when a customer’s requirements include creating layouts or creating web or blog sites. I love the challenge of a shoot becoming a larger project and it is very rewarding to see the final product when the whole project is completed.

Taco Beef Fajita

Taco Beef Fajita

Plato Santiagueno

Plato Santiagueno

Quesadilla

Quesadilla

Latin Food Photography (1)

It has been a busy, busy week with work for my photography business. In addition to the usual portrait work, my week has been filled with food photography. I recently did a shoot for Jose Jose Latin Restaurant where we photographed a good proportion of their menu items. The food is very colorful and very yummy. The servings are also HUGE, so if you are feeling hungry it is certainly a place to check out. Today I am sharing images of Jose Jose’s empanada, fajita and chimichanga. I’ll share a few more images in the days to come. I am pretty sure the images will leave you with a craving for latin food.

Empanada - photography by Hunter Photographics

Empanada

Fajita - photography by Hunter Photographics

Fajita

Chimichanga - photography by Hunter Photographics

Chimichanga

Outdoor Portrait – Family of Four

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In today’s post I am sharing a portrait order that I have just completed. This was an afternoon portrait in a local park. Afternoon is often a nice time to shoot younger families, as a shoot time after nap-time can provide for happy, rested children with smiles.

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The parents wanted a relaxed session with images that were informal. They wanted to capture their kids “being kids”.

family_red deer photographer_3These images will definitely bring back memories of giggles, smiles and cuddles in the years to come.

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Monday Night Maki – Food Photography

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Tonight was another great opportunity for food photography as we decided to make maki. This gave me the opportunity to again tweak the high-key lighting and I am pretty happy with how it is successful with a variety of dishes.

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We are newbies at maki-making, this is actually only our second attempt ever; we still have a lot to learn. Tonight we did a cucumber maki and a salmon and mango maki. We may still have a way to go on the “pretty” front, but at least it was yummy.

makiInterestingly, our children love maki, even our two-year old. They aren’t exactly of the “Hamburger Helper” mindset, which is pretty great when you are their parents…..but it does mean we have to fight our 10-year-old for our fair share as he goes insane over any type of Japanese food.

maki 2The one bonus of making maki at home is that there is no fake grass adorning the food. Our children fight over who gets the fake grass. I have no idea what they plan to do with it, but for some reason it is this precious treasure.

Food Photography – Cheese and Onion Pasty

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I have an upcoming food shoot and thought I would test drive the lighting in advance.

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The shoot will be on location so the lighting had to be simple. The lighting also needed to be suited to a small space. In the end the most successful shots were high key with a slightly higher viewpoint.

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I didn’t include a recipe this time as we just quickly put the pasties together. They simply consist of pie dough cut in a circle,  filled with shredded cheddar cheese and carmelized onions, sealed then coated with egg wash, then baked. Yummy!

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Portrait on a boat

Portrait on a BoatThe idea of doing a portrait on a boat was a new idea that quite appealed to me. The boat “architecture” is surely different to shooting in a studio or against a building, plus there is the added bonus of a landscape or interesting sky in the background.

Portrait on a Boat

However shooting on a moving boat certainly presents a whole new set of challenges. The biggest challenge being the wind; I eventually took the approach to embrace the wind rather than fight it….if the shoot is on a boat it should have the feel of being on a boat.  The other challenge is lighting as you don’t exactly get to pick the direction the boat is facing; for this set of images I shot on a lower deck, which was covered, allowing for more even lighting on the face.

Portrait on a BoatShooting portraits on a boat is a project I will continue to explore, however in the future it will not be the 7 a.m. boat…that is just too early to shoot a portrait!

Happy Birthday Blueberry Cupcakes

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Birthdays are always an event around our house. One of the big decisions for the birthday boy or girl is the type of cake they want to have for their big day. In the past we have eaten more chocolate cake than I care to remember, it seemed to be the cake of choice for many years, so I was thrilled when our daughter said “I want blueberry cupcakes!”

Okay I have to admit I have never before had a blueberry cupcake. I am not even sure where she came up with the idea for a blueberry cupcake as children turning five don’t tend to spend a lot of time reading cookbooks or scanning the internet for recipes. But she asked for blueberry cupcakes, so that is what I made.

I took a white cake recipe that seemed to have many alterations pencilled in, added in some blueberries and topped it off with a buttercream icing. Quite honestly I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, and with all the alterations to the recipe I had no idea how many cupcakes it was going to make. Luckily it only made 24 hearty cupcakes.

This gave me a great opportunity to add another image into my food photography portfolio. I am including the recipe, inspired by my now five-year old, below.
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Blueberry Cupcakes
(makes 24 cupcakes)

2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter
4 eggs
6 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries

– pre-heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit

– line muffin tins with paper liners

– cream together the sugar and butter

– add in eggs one at a time

– stir in vanilla

– combine flour and baking powder together and then add to the creamed mixture

– stir in the milk until the batter is nice and smooth

– gently add in the blueberries

– spoon the batter into the cupcake pans

– bake for 20 – 22 minutes

A Taste of the Past – Grandma’s Banana Bread

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I’ve been wanting to expand my portfolio for a few years, and food photography has been one of the items on the list of things to shoot. I actually used to do quite a bit of food photography, maybe too much, when I worked in the U.K.. A Christmas hamper company was one of the main clients for the company I worked for and we would literally shoot Christmas dinners for 6 months of the year.

Blogging has given me a reason to expand what I shoot beyond portraits, weddings and a few commercial jobs. It has been refreshing.

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The images today are of banana bread from my grandmother’s recipe.

I will admit this is actually the second attempt shooting banana bread. The first attempt was last week when I made the loaves one afternoon while our older children were in school. I pulled the loaves out of the oven just before picking them up from school, we got home, they smelled banana bread and the rest is history……my shooting subject became the after school snack. This time I was sneaky and I made the loaves and shot them after the young ones had been put to bed.  I still had to fight off a very attentive husband who kept saying “That smells so good!”, and followed me and the loaves into the studio to “help”.

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As this recipe makes very good banana bread, I am also going to share the recipe with you. My grandma used to put walnuts in the bread, but as schools have all gone nut free, my loaves are made without the walnuts so that we can pack slices into our big kid’s lunches. I have discovered that oil can be substituted for butter in a pinch, but butter definitely makes the best loaf.

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Grandma’s Banana Bread

3 or 4 ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups flour

– Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
– Mix butter into mashed bananas.
– Mix in sugar, egg and vanilla.
– Sprinkle baking soda and salt on top and mix in.
– Add flour and mix in.
– Pour into a buttered 4″x8″ loaf pan.
– Bake 1 hour.